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    Filed at 4:28 pm under by dcobranchi

    I have to give them credit, rightwingers have brass (bowling) balls:

    Bruce Chapman is president of the Discovery Institute and a former director of the Census Bureau from 1981 to 1983. He says handing control of the Census over to the White House would compromise the integrity of the system and the population count so many people rely on.

    “The first consequence is that literally states could [gain] or lose congressional seats. There could be changes in the makeup of legislative bodies within states,” he notes. “Millions, billions of dollars of money could be reallocated according to some sort of formula where the Census Bureau’s hard numbers are adjusted by sampling techniques and computer modeling, which are not good science.”

    First, statistical modeling is quite well established science. And second, I’ll take lectures on what is and what isn’t good science from anyone associated with the DI when Hell freezes over.

    4 Responses to “MR. POT? MEET MR. KETTLE.”

    Comment by
    February 13th, 2009
    at 6:18 pm

    He shoots, he SCORES!
    I had no idea . . .

    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    February 14th, 2009
    at 8:52 am

    So the Ds are going to use “models” and not rely only on political finagling?

    This science stuff is confusing! 🙂


    Comment by
    February 14th, 2009
    at 9:21 am


    The issue is about adjusting the physical count by statistical models to account for folks who are not easily counted. The GOP, of course, doesn’t want to count anyone except millionaires.

    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    February 14th, 2009
    at 12:14 pm

    So the moral of the story is, don’t get bogged down in the details of the census modeling any more than you get bogged down in the details of evolution, because it’s all part of the wedge strategy plot against modern “materialism” —